PM’s Business Scholarships announced

  • John Key
Prime Minister

Ten of New Zealand’s brightest business minds have been given the opportunity to study at some of the world’s top international institutions after receiving Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships.

Prime Minister John Key says the scholarships will enable the recipients to increase their business knowledge and gain invaluable skills which will have many positive flow-on effects for New Zealand businesses.

“I am very pleased to be able to give these outstanding people the opportunity to study at some of the world’s very best learning institutions.

“It will allow them to fine tune their skills and increase their business knowledge which will in turn help our companies becomes more productive and competitive.’’

The scholarships, which were launched in 2010, allow the recipients to study at prestigious international institutions including Stanford Business School, London Business School and the INSEAD Business School. 

The study programmes range from 5 days, to blocks over several months. Recipients will receive up to $54,000 to cover half of the cost of their course and expenses.

The recipients of the 2013 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships are:

  • Scott Coulter of Te Puke, Chief Operating Officer, Comvita Ltd
  • Hena Rana of Auckland, Technical Director Business Advisory, Beca Group Ltd
  • Richard Wyeth of Taupo, CEO, Miraka Ltd
  • Rhys McKinlay of Palmerston North, Sales Manager, NZ Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Damian Lynch of Christchurch,  General Manager – International, PGG Wrightson Seeds
  • Barbara Harrison of Auckland, General Manager Business Support, Northpower Ltd
  • Daniel Clouston of Auckland, Manager, Brands and Communications, Wynyard Group
  • Clive Horn of Christchurch, Head of Research, Tait Communications
  • Jason Walker of Ohaupo, International Sales and Marketing Manager, BBC Technologies
  • Cilla Hegarty of Christchurch, CEO, NZ Tax Refunds

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says the calibre of this year’s applicants was extremely high.

“These scholarships recognise the skills, achievements and potential of some of New Zealand’s up and coming business leaders.  The calibre of this year’s recipients has been incredibly high and the study they undertake will have many positive flow-on effects for Kiwi businesses,” says Mr Joyce.